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Terrified of Brain Aneurysm!

Melly1209

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Hi. I have a morbid fear of brain aneurysms. I had my anxiety under control for years, but about 2 months ago it came back with a vengeance. So now I'm sure I have an unruptured brain aneurysm. My symptoms are shaking, feel like passing out upon standing, blurred vision ( could that be due to being on my phone literally all day?), hot flashes, and I'm well past menopause, feel like I'm in a fog. Right now I have a mild headache at the back of my head. I've also been having weakness in both legs and sometimes at night my back muscles are so tense that I feel like I'm going to have a seizure. Xanax does help, but not like it used to. Please help me. I'm out of control with this!
 

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Hi. I have a morbid fear of brain aneurysms. I had my anxiety under control for years, but about 2 months ago it came back with a vengeance. So now I'm sure I have an unruptured brain aneurysm. My symptoms are shaking, feel like passing out upon standing, blurred vision ( could that be due to being on my phone literally all day?), hot flashes, and I'm well past menopause, feel like I'm in a fog. Right now I have a mild headache at the back of my head. I've also been having weakness in both legs and sometimes at night my back muscles are so tense that I feel like I'm going to have a seizure. Xanax does help, but not like it used to. Please help me. I'm out of control with this!
Hi and welcome Melly. Believe it or not, I've survived a brain bleed and I can tell you from experience that your symptoms do not indicate in any way that you have an unruptured aneurysm. My symptoms were only related to speaking and being unable to come up with very common words all of a sudden. Your symptoms sound like they could easily be related to your anxiety. I also was on Xanax for many, many years but switched to Klonopin after a very, very slow withdrawal from the Xanax when it seemed to be less effective.
I'm sure sorry you're having to suffer and hope those symptoms will ease up for you.
 

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Hi and welcome Melly. Believe it or not, I've survived a brain bleed and I can tell you from experience that your symptoms do not indicate in any way that you have an unruptured aneurysm. My symptoms were only related to speaking and being unable to come up with very common words all of a sudden. Your symptoms sound like they could easily be related to your anxiety. I also was on Xanax for many, many years but switched to Klonopin after a very, very slow withdrawal from the Xanax when it seemed to be less effective.
I'm sure sorry you're having to suffer and hope those symptoms will ease up for you.
Thank you so much for your reply. I believe we all suffer from this horrible health anxiety. All the best to you!
 

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Thank you so much for your reply. I believe we all suffer from this horrible health anxiety. All the best to you!
My best to you also. I've got generalized anxiety where I can worry about so much stupid stuff that there isn't room for me to worry about my health.
 

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I'm so sorry. My biggest fear has always been aneurysms. This time it's so bad that I can't leave my house. I try to rationalize by telling myself that the almost passing out upon standing is due to low blood pressure, which I have, and the fact that I've had it for years off and on ( the feeling of fainting). I think this time it was triggered by my brother saying that one of us kids are going to die from one because our Father died of one in his abdomen. He could have been saved, but wasn't due to his new wife refusing to take him to the hospital in time and horrible dr. error once he got there. They are just a horror to me. Makes me so mad!
 

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I'm so sorry. My biggest fear has always been aneurysms. This time it's so bad that I can't leave my house. I try to rationalize by telling myself that the almost passing out upon standing is due to low blood pressure, which I have, and the fact that I've had it for years off and on ( the feeling of fainting). I think this time it was triggered by my brother saying that one of us kids are going to die from one because our Father died of one in his abdomen. He could have been saved, but wasn't due to his new wife refusing to take him to the hospital in time and horrible dr. error once he got there. They are just a horror to me. Makes me so mad!
No reason to be sorry as I'm not sure what you'd be sorry about. But, I'm sure sorry about your Dad. I had a close friend pass away from the same thing even though he did make it to the hospital in time. He was even scheduled for surgery a couple days after it burst. I used to get dizziness when standing too fast when I was taking a beta blocker. Same reason, blood pressure got too low. And I have severe problems leaving the house due to social anxiety. I'm mostly a retired hermit.
 

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well..idk... im one to tell you all those symptoms i feel almost on a daily basis :( you most likely are having a panic or anxiety attack....they can effect many different body parts or your mind...even if we think we arent thinking about it, we usually are :(
hang in there with the rest of us....there is alot of good advise on this site :)
 
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